From Ed Conroy of the Toronto Star:
Teen angst, as seen on Toronto TV
Punchy teen drama has always been a genre that Toronto TV producers have captured effortlessly and impeccably: witness the breathless anticipation for the latest manifestation ofÂ Degrassi,Â Next Class,Â now airingÂ on Family Channel in Canada and Netflix internationally. It seems hard-wired into our DNA.
Could it be that while high-profile U.S teen dramas focus on near flawless waxworks leading idealized glossy lives, Torontoâ€™s stories feature plain folk with frumpy clothes, bad haircuts and even worse acne, who lead normal and unremarkable lives? Itâ€™s easier for the rest of us to relate, if not exactly an ideal to aspire to. Here are six of the best. Continue reading.